Wellness Wednesday: Sleep On It

Happy Wellness Wednesday, friends! We are just six short days away from Spring Break, but there’s just one little thing standing in our way: finals. That’s right! It’s finally finals week, which probably means lots of coffee, studying, and sleepless nights. So often we decide to pull all night study sessions instead of getting a restful night’s sleep because we need to cram it all in, but what if I told you that limited sleep negatively impacts your learning and performance? Sleep deprivation only further increases your stress levels and decreases your memory, focus, safety, and overall mood, which makes it more difficult to learn and perform at an optimal level.

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Motivational Monday: Power Through, not Down

 

 

Happy Motivational Monday, friends! Can you believe we’re just 22 days away from the end of Spring quarter and a much-needed Spring Break? We’re so close to the finish line, I can see it in the not too far out distance. The thing about finish lines, however, is the closer they seem, the harder we have to push ourselves to get there. Now this doesn’t apply to every single moment, but I often feel like the closer I get to Winter Break, Summer Break, or any break for that matter, I’m less than enthusiastic about doing any work and find myself procrastinating more and more, wasting hours binge-watching a new show (The Fosters, anyone?), scrolling through Instagram (#studyblr), or doing a bit of online shopping (JCrew, take my money!). I keep putting off my responsibilities until they pile up so high, it all becomes too overwhelming. And just when the deadlines loom, I’m forced to buckle down and complete my tasks with anxiety and stress at an all-time high. Does this sound familiar? I thought so. If you’re ready to break this cycle, here are a few tips on how to power through when you’re ready to power down:
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Tuesday Tunesday: Best Study Playlists

 

 

Happy Tunesday, friends! Finals week is officially here, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to get to winter break, but before we get ahead of ourselves, there’s more studying and essay writing to do. So, to help you make it through those late night sessions, calm you down, and stay focused and productive, take a listen to these study-approved songs, all recommended by my students. Whether or not you include these tunes on your study playlist, remember to keep the volume low, avoid the hottest hits, and carefully select songs that won’t distract you from your studies. Plan it out: use a website that will generate a playlist for you, or use a pre-made study playlist of music or ambient sound from Spotfiy, ApplePandora, or YouTube. What songs do you listen to while working? Comment below! Without further ado and in no particular order, here are their suggestions:

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Motivational Monday: Keep Calm & Study Like Hermione Granger!

 

 

Happy Monday, friends! For many of us, this is the last week before we enjoy a much-needed and well-deserved winter break, but there’s just one more hurdle to master, one more thing standing in the way of endless sleep and guilt-free Netflix marathons, one more thing keeping you from freedom: finals. They say it’s always darkest before the dawn, and here we are in finals week and it’s pitch black (metaphorically speaking, of course)! So, how will you survive? Check out my suggestions to help you power through and master your finals relatively unscathed.  Continue reading

Kermit Says: Keep Calm and Pass Your Exams

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Well, friends! It’s the day most students both anticipate and dread. The day they look forward to with both excitement and anxiety. Today kicks off finals week, three days of final exams, projects, presentations, and papers that stand between you and freedom. Three days that stand between you and graduation. Three days that stand between you and summer break. Just thinking about summer vacation brings a single tear of joy to my eye. So what can you do to perform at your optimum level and excel in your classes? Take a look back at my post before winter break, Rock Yo’ Finals!

Remember, the best way to prepare for what can be a pretty stressful week is to approach it with a peaceful mind, calm spirit, and confident demeanor. You can do this! I believe in you, so believe in yourself.

Need relaxation tips? Check out this awesome Buzzfeed video that provides some calming tricks.

Good luck with finals and have an AWESOME summer! You earned it 🙂